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Student trustees, Madeline Ellepola (Windsor-Essex CDSB) and Michael Pallotto (York CDSB) holding one of the rosaries and the picture of Pope Francis that they received from the Vatican.

Pope Francis Offers Blessings and Unique Message for Ontario’s Province-wide Mass

Ontario now has a unique connection to Pope Francis. A special letter of request written to the Holy Father on behalf of the provincial OSTA-AECO Catholic Board Council by Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board Student, Madeline Ellepola and York Catholic District School Board student, Michael Pallotto, has received a positive response.

Pope Francis responded through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins:

“His Holiness Pope Francis sends warm greetings to you, your brothers Bishops, the priests, staff and students as you celebrate the Eucharist simultaneously across the province during Catholic Education Week…”

The full message can be read here and will be shared at all province-wide celebrations of the Eucharist planned for May 7th at school boards and parishes across Ontario. See below links to video messages from Ontario’s bishops.

Catholic Education Week Video Messages from Ontario’s Catholic Bishops

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Most Rev. Jean-Louis Plouffe, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie

Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa and Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, CC, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa

Most Rev. Brendan O’Brien, Archbishop of Kingston

Most Rev. Fred Colli, Bishop of Thunder Bay

Most Rev. Ronald Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London

Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines

Most Rev. Bishop Crosby, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton

Catholic Education Week Activities:

Many activities are planned for Catholic Education Week across Ontario.  Following are links to this year’s events at Ontario’s Catholic District School Boards:

Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB

Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB

Bruce-Grey CDSB

CDSB of Eastern Ontario

Dufferin-Peel CDSB

Durham CDSB

Halton CDSB

Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB

Huron-Superior CDSB

Kenora CDSB

London DCSB

Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB

Niagara Catholic CDSB

Northeastern CDSB

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Clarington CDSB

Renfrew County Catholic District School Board

Simcoe Muskoka CDSB

St. Clair Catholic District School Board

The Northwest CDSB

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Waterloo CDSB

Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board

York Catholic District School Board

 

 

Catholic Secondary Schools Across Ontario

Catholic schools are a significant segment of our education system.  To assist communities in supporting the province-wide Mass being hosted by many Catholic secondary schools across the province, the CBC has created the following map that highlights ALL of Ontario’s Catholic secondary schools.

Please click on the image below to view the interactive map.

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